Best food culture magazines
- Robert Lauriston Sep 20, 2007 11:25 AM
I'm considering not renewing Saveur.
What else is good in that food-as-culture niche?
I've heard of but not seen:
Art of Eating
Some of those may be cooking magazines.
It's a grim time now for food magazines, which all seem to have been taken over by their test kitchens and their marketing departments. Gastronomica and Art of Eating occasionally have good things, but aren't exactly food-as-culture.
I have seen Gastronomica, found it to be fairly dull. Arts Culinaire seems primarily aimed at restaurant chefs. Lots of fabulous photos, though. Saveur used to be my favorite, but it is losing me.
I spent $9.50 last month at a newsstand on a copy of BBC Olive Magazine. It was a very good read, with a fresh outlook, good recipes, etc. BUT, it's too expensive to make a habit of it.
If you have an interest in Japanese cuisine you may want to leaf through the quarterly Kateigaho.
Principally focused on the broader aspect of "arts & culture", I've always enjoyed their coverage.
The appeal, I assume, would be predicated on exactly how much "context" one wants with their cuisine.
I love Art of Eating, really great writing; but not really a replacement for the food/travel porn (as you say) Saveur, in Coleman Andrews era. I've saved all my old copies since 1999, but no more!